Hilltop Farm Announces Chris Hickey's Departure
Hilltop Farm and Jane MacElree share the news that Chris Hickey, Hilltop’s Director of Training for the past seven years, will not be returning to Hilltop Farm upon the conclusion of the Florida season. “Chris has done a wonderful job in developing the horses in competition,” says Jane. “I’ve had a lot of fun supporting him at shows in both the US and Europe and am proud of what he’s accomplished with my horses.” While riding Hilltop-owned horses, Chris has won three USEF National Championships, a Reserve USEF National Championship, Gold and Silver Medals in the Wellington Nations Cup, and five USDF Horse of the Year titles. “I appreciate all that Chris has done for me and the farm and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says Jane.
Chris commented, “I’m very proud to have worked for Jane and I know how lucky I was to have the opportunity to work for her! She’s an amazing horse woman. I wish her, Hilltop Farm, and the wonderful staff, the best for the future.”
The role of developing Hilltop’s horses in sport, including the stallions Qredit and Sternlicht, will belong now to Michael Bragdell who has been at Hilltop Farm since 1995. “Michael’s an incredibly talented rider who really enjoys training and showing the stallions,” says Hilltop’s General Manager, Natalie DiBerardinis. “Jane’s enthusiasm and support for Hilltop are as strong as ever.”
Festrausch (Florestan-Carprilli) has been an important part of the stallion line-up at Hilltop Farm since his purchase in 2000. His bloodlines, incredible movement, and elegant type stood him apart, and it is the movement and character that he passes to his offspring that have made many of his breeders very loyal to him over the years.
Chris Hickey and Cabana Boy added another national title to their resume by winning the 2009 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship on August 21-23. The past two years, Chris and Cabana had traveled to Kentucky to compete in and win the 5 Year Old and 6 Year Old National Young Horse Dressage Championships, making them the first pair to win all three.
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In the second day of competition at the 2008 Markel/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Championships presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, claiming the title in the four-year-old division was Michael Bragdell and Selten HW besting 19 other horses to win with a score of 8.56.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.